In 1998, Wyoming voters approved a $24 million bond issue to upgrade all five district school buildings, including major additions and renovations to Wyoming High School. Board of education members, administrators, teachers, staff and community members worked with the architect to develop a vision for the high school. This vision included expanding academic and ASSOCIATED FIRMCole + Russell ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$110.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation space while renovating the existing 1960s building to meet changing instructional needs.
The former academic wing was gutted to the bare exterior walls and redesigned in conjunction with the additions to provide a seamless transition between the renovated and new areas. The resulting overall design not only accommodates the departmentalized teaching approach that is used at Wyoming High School, but also will allow for a school-within-a school or grade-level approach in the future. This can be done by clustering science areas at the core of the academic wing in a configuration that also enables these classroom/labs to work in conjunction with the adjacent general classrooms.
The renovation also included larger classrooms, a simpler circulation pattern, a new entrance to the existing student parking lot, and the introduction of natural light, using windows and skylights, into a majority of the academic area.
The high school includes a new auditorium; new media center; updated academic wing; new science labs and classrooms; new administrative offices; a large common/cafeteria area; and upgrades to the art, photography, darkroom, life-skills and technology labs.
Today, Wyoming High School offers an abundance of natural light, bright interior colors, and spacious hallways and classrooms. This is a tremendous change from the temporary walls, windowless classrooms, dark carpet, crowded hallways and inadequate central locker area of the building before renovation.
Hidden within the walls is an advanced technology infrastructure system designed to meet current technology needs and the expanding needs of the future. Each classroom has a phone, student computer stations and a teacher workstation. Computer labs will accommodate future plans for a hands-on industrial technology program including opportunities for graphic design, electronics and robotics, and a television-production studio.
Note: Area= 44,915 sq. ft. (new); 96,445 sq. ft. (renovated); Cost/square foot= $110 (new); $106 (renovated)
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